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Spring Events at Mashomack Preserve

MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: All programs: need pre-registration, are free to members or $5 for non-members (unless noted). For more information, call our office (631) 749-1001 or email us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

March

Mashomack's Book-in-the-Woods
All March

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of the selected book are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! This month's book will be The Tale of Pale Male by Jeanette Winter. Hawks in New York City?! This is the true story of a red-tailed hawk which nested atop a high-rise apartment building in New York City and how people came together to fight for its right to remain in the neighborhood.


Free the Trees!
Saturday, March 1, 10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet and porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Fireside Chat: Bees and Honey - What’s the latest buzz?
Saturday, March 8, 7:30-9 PM

Come to the Manor House for dessert and coffee (or tea) and sit beside a roaring fire to learn about topics of conservation concern. Laura Klahre of Meadow Blossom Honey in Southold is a beekeeper, and will talk to us about honey bees, native pollinators and the state of beekeeping today. Bring your questions and come sample some local honey! $5 per person. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Free the Trees!
Saturday, March 8, 10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet and porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.


Free the Trees!
Saturday, March 15, 10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet and porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Last Full Moon of Winter Walk
Saturday, March 15, 7-8:30 PM

Set out at sunset and experience what’s in the woods during the night. Come walk the 1.5 mile Red Trail by the light of the moon, enjoy the stars and listen to nature’s nightlife all while experiencing the calmness of an almost-spring night. All ages welcome, adults expected to accompany children. $5/person, $10/family. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Free the Trees!
Saturday, March 22, 10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet and porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Mashomack ’s Nestbox Trail and the Eastern Bluebird
Thursday, March 27, 5:30-7:30 PM

Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? You can by becoming a Nestbox volunteer! Come learn about how Mashomack is bringing bluebirds back to the East End and how you can help the New York State bird. Find out more about the Preserve’s Nestbox Project and see if you would like to become involved - a guaranteed wonderful experience. Refreshments will be served. No fee. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Free the Trees!
Saturday, March 29, 10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet and porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

 

April

Mashomack's Book-in-the-Woods
All April

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of the selected book are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! This month's book will be Mud by Mary Lyn Ray and Lauren Stringer. April showers bring May flowers…and mud! Experience the joy and simple celebration of spring in this mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful book which celebrates the warming spring, brown earth and new grass.

Timberdoodles and Bogsuckers: Romance in the Fields
Saturday, April 5, 6:30-8 PM

Springtime signals the beginning of breeding season for many animals. Join us for an evening in the fields for a chance to perhaps see browsing deer, a soft sunset, and the normally timid woodcock as they engage in their annual mating displays. Learn about the importance of grasslands for many species. Bring binoculars and a flashlight. $5 per person. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Take Action on Earth!
Saturday, April 19, 1-3 PM

Celebrate Earth Day by grabbing a pair of work gloves and doing some hands-on work at Mashomack! We hope to wood chip areas of our most-used trails to help prevent erosion and soil compaction. Come help protect tree roots and reduce runoff. Community service hours documentation available. No fee. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.


Birding for Beginners
Sunday, April 27, 8-10 AM

Know the difference between cardinals and blue jays, but not much else? Like the outdoors and enjoy learning new things? Come learn the basics of birding - how to focus
binoculars, use a bird guide and gather clues to identify birds. Mashomack’s Tom Damiani will lead this walk designed for people who are looking for beginning tips, or who want to
improve their current knowledge. $5 per person. Please bring binoculars. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

May

Mashomack's Book-in-the-Woods
All May

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Pages of the selected book are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy. A perfect family nature adventure - get your kids out into the woods! This month's book will be Lost in the Woods by Carl R Sams II and Jean Stoick. Illustrated with incredibly beautiful wildlife photographs, this gentle story tells us about a fawn and its forest friends, and helps children learn about trust and patience.

Spring “May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 4, 7-9 AM

Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. Sunday mornings in May we’ll meet at 7 AM, identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. $5 per person. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Birds and Breakfast - Rise and Shine!
Sunday, May 11, 6-10 AM

Our annual early morning birdwatch and breakfast is an eye and ear-opener. We will break into teams, each led by an expert birder, to explore various habitats surrounding the
Manor House. Each team will try to identify as many species as possible by both sight and song, with a complete list being compiled at the end of the morning. The friendly competition will culminate over a delicious breakfast in the Manor House. This special event is $20 for guided walk and breakfast. Limited number of overnight accommodations available for TNC members ($75/person for room, walk, and breakfast). Bring binoculars. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

After School Nature: Flowers and Seeds
Wednesday, May 14, 3-4:30 PM

Come find some flowers in the woods! Did you know that flowers lead to seeds? We’ll search for spring flowers, make a healthy snack and make a simple rainstick using seeds.
Ages 4 and up. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Dogwoods and Bass Creek Cottage
Saturday, May 17, 10 AM-noon

Always wanted to see the far end of the Green Trail, but never had the time or stamina? We’ll start this hike at the Manor House and walk the 1.5 mile loop of lower green trail. Come experience blooming dogwoods, great views of Bass Creek and the beautiful “back road” through Mashomack’s hills. $5 per person. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Spring “May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 18, 7-9 AM

Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. Sunday mornings in May we’ll meet at 7 AM, identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. $5 per person. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, May 24, 7-8:30 PM

As the weather warms, the waters are coming alive. Come help give a hand pulling in a 300’ haul seine and get a close up look at the creatures and plants that live under the sea! A haul can bring in striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab. This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method is appropriate for both children and adults; bring the whole family! A marshmallow roast will follow the haul. Insect repellent suggested. $5/person, $10/family. Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Spring “May-gration” Bird Walk
Sunday, May 25, 7-9 AM

Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. Sunday mornings in May we’ll meet at 7 AM, identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars. $5 per person.Call the Mashomack office at 631-749-1001 for further information or e-mail us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

Memorial Day Membership Open House
Sunday, May 25, 4-6 PM

The Open House has become a popular “summer opening” event for many Shelter Island folks. Come enjoy a cocktail party on the Manor House lawn, view displays, and learn about Mashomack’s conservation work. Bring friends and neighbors who would like to support the Conservancy and have a great time!

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